Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Virgin Prunes

The Virgin Prunes was an Irish gothic rock band. The band formed in 1977 and disbanded in 1986 after the departure of member Gavin Friday. The rest of the band continued on without him for a while as The Prunes, but they too ended activities by 1990.

Saturday, 3 September 1983, "Grote Zaal", 01:15 - 02:15

Line up
Gavin Friday - vocals; Guggi - vocals; Dave-id Busarus - vocals; Dik - guitar; Strongman - bass; Mary D'Nellon - percussion

Set list
01 Dave-Id Performance: The white history book
02 Dave-Id Performance: Uncle Arthur's lonely world
03 Dave-Id Performance: (title unknown)
04 Dave-Id Performance: Uncle Arthur's lonely world
05 Deadly sins
06 Sons find devils
07 Theme for thought
08 Walls of Jericho
09 Caucasian walk

I have a complete lossless (flac) audience recording of tracks 01-09, 59'46"

Other info

Gavin Friday on stage at Pandora's 83 (Vinyl magazine 1983/9)

Nick Cave (who played Pandora's 83 with Die Haut) saw the Virgin Prunes' performance and wrote about it in the book Judas Jesus by Rolf Vasellari (Black Sheep Press (Zurich, Switzerland), 1987). (http://www.bad-seed.org/~cave/general/discog2.html)

A concert in Rotterdam
Nick Cave on Dave-id Busaras/Virgin Prunes:
"... a strange child reluctantly and most awkwardly mount the stage, as if coaxed from the wings by some pageant-crazed mother, stand centre-stage and sing a song, solus, in a voice that held such a weird sadness within each expulsion and took flight with such ghostly brilliance that an entire morning of systematic inebriation spent in the bar was wasted, for this drunken wretch that had stumbled into the hall, now that the child had left the stage, sat stricken sober by his magical appearance and quite weak from listening and though I cursed the little bastard as I made my way back to the bar, I will never forget the simple pain of that opening song and the eerie beauty of its doing."

Mijn kennismaking met de Virgin Prunes was een shock. Ik zag ze -totaal onvoorbereid- tussen Anne clark en TC Matic op Pandora's Music Box. Z├│ uit de provincie, van travistie had ik nog nooit gehoord... en van The Virgin Prunes al helemaal niet. Niet dat ik sindsdien met jarretelles loop, maar het heeft wel het een en ander teweeg gebracht. (dix, http://www.musicmeter.nl/album/16902)

Article from festival booklet

1 comment:

nadirael said...

Great Blog ! I attended all editions of Pandora's Box and will never forget the atmosphere: 2/3 nights of great new music.
You mention sometimes existing recordings; some I have found on "Wiel's" blog, but can you also point us in the right direction for other recordings ?
The Prunes for instance always have been a favourite and I was lucky to see their extravagant performances a few times. I would be very obliged if you know where I can get the Pandora-concert.
Thanks - keep up the good work !